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BB FURUTANI 0265.JPGIt looks like Assemblyman Warren Furutani won't be leaving the Legislature this month after all.

The Gardena Democrat was defeated by Los Angeles Police Department officer Joe Buscaino in yesterday's runoff election for a vacant Los Angeles City Council seat by a 22-point margin.

The two Democrats were vying for the 15th Council District seat vacated by Democrat Janice Hahn's 2011 election to Congress.

Furutani, who was first elected to the state Assembly in a 2008 special election, will be termed out of the lower house in 2014. He has been drawn into the same district as fellow Assembly Democrat Isadore Hall for the 2012 election.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assembly member, Warren Furutani, casts his first vote on the floor of the Assembly after he was is sworn in, Thursday, Feb. 7 2008. Furutani won a special election in District 55, to succeed Laura Richardson, who was recently elected to represent the 37th Congressional District. (Sacramento Bee/ MCT/ Brian Baer / BBAER@SACBEE.COM).


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